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What is a Podiatrist?

Updated: Jan 9, 2023

We are thrilled to have a new Podiatrist joining our team here at Guy Gold & Associates. Nur Ali joins us as Specialist Senior Podiatrist in Camden and will be providing podiatry services treating all elements of foot health here at our Camden clinic.

What is a Podiatrist?

A Podiatrist is a medical professional who specialises in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower limbs. A Podiatrist’s primary aim is to improve the pain, mobility, independence and quality of life for their patients. An older name for a Podiatrist is Chiropodist, which is sometimes still used.

What kind of medical training does a Podiatrist undertake?

Like other types of medical professionals, Podiatrists complete a minimum of three years of study and training in a Podiatric medical school or a University to gain a degree. This includes a total of 1000 clinical hours training in hospitals and clinics. Finally, after passing all the requirement and exams, Podiatrists are certified and licensed by the Health and Professionals Council as well as having the ability to join the Royal College of Podiatry. Some Podiatrists may complete more specialised training that focuses on a certain area. This makes a Podiatrist a specialist in a particular area of foot health such as wound care, sports injuries, diabetes, biomechanics or surgery. At Guy Gold & Associates, our Podiatrist is registered with the Health and Professionals Council and The Royal College of Podiatry.

What foot problems does a Podiatrist treat?

The foot is made up of 26 bones, 33 joints, 26 muscles, 30 ligaments and many more structures including blood vessels and nerves. As a result, a wide range of issues and pathologies can occur causing pain, reducing your mobility and qualify of life. The most commonly treated problems include:

  • Fungal nail infection

  • Ingrowing toenails

  • Corns

  • Calluses

  • Verrucae plantaris

  • Dry or cracked skin

  • Skin conditions

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Achilles tendinitis

  • Bunions

  • Metatarsalgia

  • Morton’s Neuroma

  • Heel spurs

  • Flat feet

  • High arches

  • Arthritis

  • Gout

  • Ankle sprains

  • Ligament Injuries

  • Knee pain such as patello-femoral pain, ACL tears and more

  • Hip pain

  • Back pain

  • Wound care

  • Diabetic foot assessment and treatment

When should I see a Podiatrist?

You should see a Podiatrist if you have any pain or have noticed a lesion or pathology in your feet, ankles or lower limbs. You can book to see our Podiatrist in Camden at any time. You do not need a GP referral to seek assistance from a private Podiatrist. In general, you should aim to see a Podiatrist regularly whether you have pain or not, just like you do with the Dentist. An annual foot check is imperative to ensure early detection of ailments as well prevention of serious conditions. In addition, advice can be given on what time type of footwear or orthotics you may need.

How to book at Podiatrist appointment at Guy Gold & Associates

You can book an appointment with our Camden podiatrist on our website or by calling us on 020 7018 7180. If you have any questions, feel free to email

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